'Killer Women' premiere puts a strong female lead into a modern, male western

ABC's new crime drama "Killer Women" debuted Tuesday (Jan. 7), featuring "Battlestar Galactica" alum Tricia Helfer as Molly Parker, one of the only female members the Texas Rangers, the Austin-based law enforcement body. Showrunner Hannah Shakespeare tells Zap2it that what she hopes to do in the series is take a traditional procedural and stylize it with the feel of a modern western. "I read tons of true crime, so that's what excited me when I read 'Killer Women,'" says Shakespeare. "The second element is I'm really drawn to westerns. Molly Parker is named after the unsinkable Molly Brown and Leroy Parker, who is Butch Cassidy. I wanted to combine the two. I wanted to do a modern western that would also appeal to my interests in true crime, and why women kill and the psychology of it. ..."It's also cool with a woman, it's like I'm going to take the tough boys club and do...



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